This stage is most interesting because you can see live duel of strongest climbers on the steep slopes of Jabal Akhdar, average gradient 11%. The previous stages were most favourable for sprinters, but here dominate climbers so it was big question mark who will be the best. You could make your pick between Contador, Froome (SKY, I think he - after riding excellent Tour de France - but had to stay in the shadow of Bradley Wiggins, was favourite of majority of people), last year winner Peter Velits (SK) and Nibali - all in GC positioned 4 resp. 8 sec after leader, all with change to became race leader. It was expected, that Peter Sagan, multi talented Slovak rider, will loose his leaders jersey.